2015 FIFA Women's World Cup

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2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
Coupe du Monde Féminine de la FIFA 2015
(French)
Tournament logo
2015 FIFA Women's World Cup official logo
Tournament details
Host country Canada
Dates 6 June – 5 July
Teams 24 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s) 6 (in 6 host cities)
2011
2019

The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup will be the seventh FIFA Women's World Cup, the quadrennial international women's football world championship tournament. In March 2011, Canada won the right to host the event. The tournament will be held from 6 June to 5 July.[1]

Host selection[edit]

The bidding for each FIFA Women's World Cup includes hosting rights for the previous year's FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup (similar to the men's version, in which the host nation stages the Confederations Cup the year before). Bids for the tournament were required to be submitted by December 2010. Only two bids were submitted:[2]

Zimbabwe withdrew on 1 March 2011.[3] The country was seen as a long shot, as its women's team was ranked 103rd in the world at the time of the bid, and has never qualified for a Women's World Cup. There is also ongoing political and economic instability in the country due to the Mugabe regime.[4]

Qualification[edit]

  Qualified
  Can still qualify
  Failed to qualify
  Did not enter
  Not a FIFA member

For this tournament, the number of teams will be expanded from 16 to 24, with the number of matches increasing from 32 to 52.[5] On 11 June 2012, FIFA announced a change to the allocation of the qualifying berths for its continental confederations. The FIFA Executive Committee approved the following slot allocation and the distribution of eight new slots:[6]

  • AFC (Asia): 5 slots (up from 3)
  • CAF (Africa): 3 slots (up from 2)
  • CONCACAF (North, Central America and Caribbean): 3.5 slots (up from 2.5)
  • CONMEBOL (South America): 2.5 slots (up from 2)
  • OFC (Oceania): 1 slot (same as 2011)
  • UEFA (Europe): 8 slots (up from 4.5)
  • Host Nation: 1 slot (same as 2011)

After North Korea had several players test positive for performance-enhancing drugs during the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, FIFA banned the North Korean team from participating in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. This is the first time a women's team has ever been banned from a Women's World Cup, and it will be the first time since 1995 that North Korea will not participate in a Women's World Cup.[7]

Qualified teams[edit]

The latest FIFA ranking is used.

Team Qualified as Qualification date Appearance
in final
Consecutive
streak
Previous best performance FIFA
Ranking
 Canada Hosts 3 March 2011 6th 6 Fourth place (2003) 8
 China PR 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup top four 17 May 2014 6th 1 Runners-up (1999) 14
 South Korea 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup top four 17 May 2014 2nd 1 First Round (2003) 17
 Japan 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup top four 18 May 2014 7th 7 Winners (2011) 3
 Australia 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup top four 18 May 2014 6th 6 Quarterfinals (2007) 10
 Thailand 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup 5th place 21 May 2014 1st 1 Debut 30
 Switzerland UEFA qualification group 3 winner 15 June 2014 1st 1 Debut 18
 England UEFA qualification group 6 winner 21 August 2014 4th 3 Quarterfinals (1995, 2007, 2011) 7
 Norway UEFA qualification group 5 winner 13 September 2014 7th 7 Winners (1995) 9
 Germany UEFA qualification group 1 winner 13 September 2014 7th 7 Winners (2003, 2007) 1
 Spain UEFA qualification group 2 winner 13 September 2014 1st 1 Debut 16
 France UEFA qualification group 7 winner 13 September 2014 3rd 2 Fourth place (2011) 4
 Sweden UEFA qualification group 4 winner 17 September 2014 7th 7 Runners-up (2003) 5
 Brazil 2014 Copa América Femenina top two 26 September 2014 7th 7 Runners-up (2007) 6
 Colombia 2014 Copa América Femenina top two 28 September 2014 2nd 2 First Round (2011) 31
 Nigeria 2014 African Women's Championship top two 22 October 2014 7th 7 Quarterfinals (1999) 35
 Cameroon 2014 African Women's Championship top two 22 October 2014 1st 1 Debut 51
 Costa Rica 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship top two 24 October 2014 1st 1 Debut 40
 United States 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship top two 24 October 2014 7th 7 Winners (1991, 1999) 2
 Ivory Coast 2014 African Women's Championship third place 25 October 2014 1st 1 Debut 64
 Mexico 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship third place 26 October 2014 3rd 2 First Round (1999, 2011) 25
 New Zealand 2014 OFC Women's Nations Cup winner 29 October 2014 4th 3 First Round (1991, 2007, 2011) 19
 Netherlands UEFA qualification play-off winner 27 November 2014 1st 1 Debut 15
 Ecuador CONMEBOL-CONCACAF play-off winner 2 December 2014 1st 1 Debut 49

Broadcasting[edit]

The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup will mark the first year of new rights deals in two North American markets. In its host country of Canada, coverage is expected to be televised by CTV and sister pay TV sports channel TSN through a new rights agreement with parent company Bell Media.[8][9] United States English-language television and radio rights will be held by Fox Sports, NBC-owned Telemundo will handle Spanish-language television broadcasts, and Spanish-language radio rights were given to Andrés Cantor's Fútbol de Primera radio network.[10] On 8 December 2014 FIFA signs a contract with EBU for 37 countries. [11]

Mascot[edit]

On 17 June 2014, the mascot of the tournament, Shuéme, a female great white owl was unveiled at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa.[12]

Venues[edit]

The cities of Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Moncton have been selected to host tournament matches.[13] Halifax was also considered, but removed itself from contention in March 2012.[14] Toronto decided not to bid, due to potential conflicts with the 2015 Pan American Games.[15] Due to FIFA's policy against commercial sponsorship of stadium names, Investors Group Field in Winnipeg and TD Place Stadium in Ottawa will be known by generic names during the tournament.

Canada has previously hosted FIFA tournaments including the 1987 FIFA U-16 World Championship, 2002 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship and the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, which set an attendance record for that tournament.

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup (Canada)
Vancouver Edmonton Winnipeg
BC Place Commonwealth Stadium Investors Group Field
49°16′36″N 123°6′43″W / 49.27667°N 123.11194°W / 49.27667; -123.11194 (BC Place) 53°33′35″N 113°28′34″W / 53.55972°N 113.47611°W / 53.55972; -113.47611 (Commonwealth Stadium) 49°48′28″N 97°8′45″W / 49.80778°N 97.14583°W / 49.80778; -97.14583 (Investors Group Field)
Capacity: 54,500 Capacity: 56,302 Capacity: 33,422 (expandable to 40,000)
Surface: Polytan LigaTurf Surface: FieldTurf Duraspine Surface: FieldTurf Revolution
BC Place 2011 Whitecaps.jpg Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, August 2005.jpg Investors Group CANnwt vs USnwt.png
Ottawa Montreal Moncton
TD Place Stadium Olympic Stadium Moncton Stadium
45°23′53.44″N 75°41′1.14″W / 45.3981778°N 75.6836500°W / 45.3981778; -75.6836500 (Frank Clair Stadium) 45°33′28″N 73°33′7″W / 45.55778°N 73.55194°W / 45.55778; -73.55194 (Olympic Stadium) 46°6′30″N 64°47′0″W / 46.10833°N 64.78333°W / 46.10833; -64.78333 (Moncton Stadium)
Capacity: 24,000 (expandable to 40,000) Capacity: 66,308 Capacity: 10,000 (expandable to 20,725 +)
Surface: FieldTurf Surface: Xtreme Turf Surface: FieldTurf
TDPlace.jpg Olympic Stadium Soccer.JPG New moncton stadium.JPG

Squads[edit]

Each team's squad for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup will consist of 23 players (three of whom must be goalkeepers), two more than the 2011 tournament, and the same number as men's World Cup squads. Each participating national association has to confirm their final 23-player squad no later than 10 working days before the start of the tournament. Replacement of seriously injured players is permitted until 24 hours before the team in question's first World Cup game.[16]

Draw[edit]

The draw was held on 6 December 2014 at 12:00 local time at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, Canada.[17] The seeding pots were announced the day before. Other than two groups which have to contain two European teams, no group can contain more than one team from any confederation.[18]

Pot 1 (Seeds) Pot 2 (CAF, CONCACAF, OFC) Pot 3 (AFC, CONMEBOL) Pot 4 (UEFA)

 Canada (hosts)
 Brazil
 France
 Germany
 Japan
 United States

 Cameroon
 Ivory Coast
 Nigeria
 Costa Rica
 Mexico
 New Zealand

 Australia
 China PR
 South Korea
 Thailand
 Colombia
 Ecuador

 England
 Netherlands
 Norway
 Spain
 Sweden
 Switzerland

Controversies[edit]

  • Prior to the draw, the Organizing Committee placed the seeded teams in the following groups: Germany in Group B, Japan in Group C, United States in Group D, Brazil in Group E, and France in Group F; Canada were already in Group A as the tournament host.[19] Not drawing the groups for the seeded teams has drawn some criticism.[20][21][22]
  • During the draw, Colombia was initially placed in Group E with Brazil, but the organizers realized their mistake and placed Colombia in Group F. Rather than return the Group E position to the bowl for a redraw, South Korea was placed in position E2 and will face Brazil in their opening match.[21][23]

Group stage[edit]

The provisional match schedule for the tournament was released on 21 March 2013,[24] with the hosts, Canada, placed in position A1. The final schedule with match times was released on the same day right after the draw was made.[25]

The first round, or group stage, sees the twenty four teams divided into six groups of four teams. Each group is a round-robin of six games, where each team plays one match against each of the other teams in the same group. Teams are awarded three points for a win, one point for a draw and none for a defeat. The winners and runners-up from each group, as well as the best four third-placed teams, will qualify for the first round of the knockout stage.[16]

The ranking of each team in each group will be determined as follows:

  1. points obtained in all group matches;
  2. goal difference in all group matches;
  3. number of goals scored in all group matches;

If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings will be determined as follows:

  1. points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  2. goal difference in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  3. number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  4. drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee.

Group A[edit]


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Group stage result
1  Canada (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2  China PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout stage or elimination
4  Netherlands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 6 June 2015. Source: FIFA
(H) Host.
6 June 2015
Canada   China PR
New Zealand   Netherlands
11 June 2015
Canada   New Zealand
China PR   Netherlands
15 June 2015
Netherlands   Canada
China PR   New Zealand

Group B[edit]


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Group stage result
1  Germany 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2  Ivory Coast 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Norway 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout stage or elimination
4  Thailand 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 7 June 2015. Source: FIFA
7 June 2015
Norway   Thailand
Germany   Ivory Coast
11 June 2015
Germany   Norway
Ivory Coast   Thailand
15 June 2015
Thailand   Germany
Ivory Coast   Norway

Group C[edit]


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Group stage result
1  Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2  Switzerland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Cameroon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout stage or elimination
4  Ecuador 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 8 June 2015. Source: FIFA
8 June 2015
Cameroon   Ecuador
Japan   Switzerland
12 June 2015
Switzerland   Ecuador
Japan   Cameroon
16 June 2015
Ecuador   Japan
Switzerland   Cameroon

Group D[edit]


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Group stage result
1  United States 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2  Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Sweden 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout stage or elimination
4  Nigeria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 8 June 2015. Source: FIFA
8 June 2015
Sweden   Nigeria
United States   Australia
12 June 2015
Australia   Nigeria
United States   Sweden
16 June 2015
Nigeria   United States
Australia   Sweden

Group E[edit]


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Group stage result
1  Brazil 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2  South Korea 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Spain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout stage or elimination
4  Costa Rica 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 9 June 2015. Source: FIFA
9 June 2015
Spain   Costa Rica
Brazil   South Korea
13 June 2015
Brazil   Spain
South Korea   Costa Rica
17 June 2015
Costa Rica   Brazil
South Korea   Spain

Group F[edit]


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Group stage result
1  France 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2  England 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Colombia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout stage or elimination
4  Mexico 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 9 June 2015. Source: FIFA
9 June 2015
France   England
Colombia   Mexico
13 June 2015
France   Colombia
England   Mexico
17 June 2015
Mexico   France
England   Colombia

Ranking of third-placed teams[edit]

The four best teams among those ranked third will be determined as follows:[16]

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Result
1 A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout stage
2 B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 D 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 E 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 F 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 6 June 2015. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored; 4) drawing of lots.

Those teams which advance will be placed with the winners of groups A, B, C and D according to a table published in Section 28 of the tournament regulations.[16]

Knockout stage[edit]

Bracket[edit]

The knockout stage comprises the sixteen teams that advanced from the group stage of the tournament. There are four rounds of matches, with each round eliminating half of the teams entering that round. The successive rounds are the round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals, and the final. There is also a play-off to decide third and fourth place. For each game in the knockout stage, any draw at 90 minutes is followed by thirty minutes of extra time; if scores are still level, there is a penalty shootout to determine who progresses to the next round.[16]


Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                           
20 June – Edmonton            
 Runner-up Group A  
26 June – Ottawa
 Runner-up Group C    
 Winner Match 37  
22 June – Edmonton
   Winner Match 38    
 Winner Group D  
30 June – Montreal
 3rd Group B / E / F    
 Winner Match 45  
20 June – Ottawa
   Winner Match 46    
 Winner Group B  
26 June – Montreal
 3rd Group A / C / D    
 Winner Match 39  
21 June – Montreal
   Winner Match 40    
 Winner Group F  
5 July – Vancouver
 Runner-up Group E    
 Winner Match 49  
21 June – Moncton
   Winner Match 50  
 Winner Group E  
27 June – Edmonton
 Runner-up Group D    
 Winner Match 41  
23 June – Vancouver
   Winner Match 42    
 Winner Group C  
1 July – Edmonton
 3rd Group A / B / F    
 Winner Match 47  
22 June – Ottawa
   Winner Match 48     Third Place
 Runner-up Group B  
27 June – Vancouver 4 July – Edmonton
 Runner-up Group F    
 Winner Match 43    Loser Match 49  
21 June – Vancouver
   Winner Match 44      Loser Match 50  
 Winner Group A  
 3rd Group C / D / E    

Round of 16[edit]

20 June 2015
16:00 EDT (UTC−4)
Winner Group B Match 39 3rd Group A / C / D

20 June 2015
17:30 MDT (UTC−6)
Runner-up Group A Match 37 Runner-up Group C

21 June 2015
14:00 ADT (UTC−3)
Winner Group E Match 41 Runner-up Group D

21 June 2015
16:00 EDT (UTC−4)
Winner Group F Match 40 Runner-up Group E

21 June 2015
16:30 PDT (UTC−7)
Winner Group A Match 44 3rd Group C / D / E

22 June 2015
17:00 EDT (UTC−4)
Runner-up Group B Match 43 Runner-up Group F

22 June 2015
18:00 MDT (UTC−6)
Winner Group D Match 38 3rd Group B / E / F

23 June 2015
19:00 PDT (UTC−7)
Winner Group C Match 42 3rd Group A / B / F

Quarterfinals[edit]

26 June 2015
16:00 EDT (UTC−4)
Winner Match 39 Match 46 Winner Match 40

26 June 2015
19:30 EDT (UTC−4)
Winner Match 37 Match 45 Winner Match 38

27 June 2015
14:00 MDT (UTC−6)
Winner Match 41 Match 47 Winner Match 42

27 June 2015
16:30 PDT (UTC−7)
Winner Match 43 Match 48 Winner Match 44

Semifinals[edit]

30 June 2015
19:00 EDT (UTC−4)
Winner Match 45 Match 49 Winner Match 46

1 July 2015
17:00 MDT (UTC−6)
Winner Match 47 Match 50 Winner Match 48

Third place play-off[edit]

4 July 2015
14:00 MDT (UTC−6)
Loser Match 49 Match 51 Loser Match 50

Final[edit]

5 July 2015
16:00 PDT (UTC−7)
Winner Match 49 Match 52 Winner Match 50

Controversies[edit]

Artificial turf[edit]

The venues will consist of fields with artificial turf which some believe make players more susceptible to injuries. Over 50 of the female athletes are protesting against the use of turf on the basis of gender discrimination. These elite female players from around the world have filed a lawsuit challenging FIFA’s decision to play the 2015 Women’s World Cup on artificial turf. Alleging gender discrimination, the lawsuit states that they would never have the Men's World Cup held on "unsafe" artificial turf and thus violates the Canadian Human Rights Act. [26][27][28] The 2012 Women's World Player of the Year, Abby Wambach noted "The men would strike playing on artificial turf."[29] The controversial issue of gender equality and an equal playing field for all has sparked debate in many countries around the world. A lawsuit was filed on 1 October 2014 in an Ontario tribunal court by a group of women's international soccer players against FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association and specifically points out that in 1994 FIFA spent $2 million to plant natural grass over artificial turf in New Jersey and Detroit.[30] Various celebrities are showing their support for the women soccer players in defence of their lawsuit, including actor Tom Hanks, NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and US men's team keeper Tim Howard. Even with the possibility of boycotts, FIFA's head of women's competitions, Tatjana Haenni, has made it clear "We play on artificial turf and there's no Plan B."[31][32]

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